Entry updated 29 May 2023. Tagged: Author.
(1931-2022) US author who began publishing sf with "Answer 'Affirmative' or 'Negative'" in Analog for April 1972, but who became much better known in the 1980s for her detective novels, of which she has written at least twenty; one of them, Liars and Tyrants and People Who Turn Blue (1980), depends for its plot upon a psychic character. Earlier Paul wrote several sf novels – An Exercise for Madmen (1978), Pillars of Salt (1979), Bibblings (1979) and Under the Canopy (1980) – which feature women protagonists, through whom an unprogrammatic Feminism is pursued as they find themselves coping with sf-adventure situations. In An Exercise for Madmen, set on a planet (or perhaps an immense Space Habitat) devoted to science, Dystopian elements, and a Mysterious Stranger from another world, activate the tale. Pillars of Salt is a Time-Travel tale which confronts its twenty-first-century protagonist with the challenge of becoming Queen Elizabeth I of England. A later novel, The Three-Minute Universe (1988), is a Star Trek Tie (see Star Trek). Her nonfantastic mystery novel Full Frontal Murder (1997) jokily takes several character names from Blake's Seven (1978-1981).
Paul should not be confused with the Barbara Paul, pseudonym of Barbara Kathleen Ovstedal (1925- ), who wrote The Curse of Halewood (1976; vt Devil's Fire, Love's Revenge 1976). [JC]
Barbara Jeanne Paul
born Maysville, Kentucky: 5 June 1931
died ?June 2022
- The Three-Minute Universe (New York: Pocket Books, 1988) [tie to the Star Trek universe: Star Trek: pb/]
- An Exercise for Madmen (New York: Berkley Medallion, 1978) [pb/Paul E Stinson]
- Pillars of Salt (New York: New American Library/Signet Books, 1979) [pb/Paul E Stinson]
- Bibblings (New York: New American Library/Signet Books, 1979) [pb/Paul E Stinson]
- Under the Canopy (New York: New American Library/Signet Books, 1980) [pb/Ken W Kelly]
- Liars and Tyrants and People Who Turn Blue (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1980) [hb/Mark Cohen]
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